By Elizabeth Buxton
at it again, stealing the bargain-shopping show. And this time, with vino (a.k.a. the sweet nectar of life). So if you don’t happen to be one of the current “Dry-January” participants, we’ve got just the roundup you might be looking for: 22 affordable AND award-winning wines for winter sipping.
This eclectic array of whites and reds has been vetted by the
Beverage Testing Institute and all amazingly clock in at under $10 — lending us some much needed budget flexibility for expanding “Wine Wednesdays” to other weekday evenings. So scroll through, stock up, and kick back with an extra-full glass. This is what success tastes like.
A bottle of Cab Sauv with fruity notes of blackberry, plum, toasty oak, and vanilla for an under $3 steal? Thanks, Aldi.
Winking Owl Cabernet Sauvignon, $2.69, available at Aldi.
This blend packs a black cherry, vanilla, raspberry, oak, and plum punch.
Artifakt Red Blend, $7.99, available at Aldi.
Feeling adventurous this evening? Try a glass of Aldi’s seasonal raspberry vino.
Wine Specialty Petit Raspberry, $6.99, available at Aldi.
While not a true wine, Aldi’s limited edition pumpkin spice liqueur has seasonal sip goals written all over it.
O’Donnells Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, $8.99, available at Aldi.
This crisp bottle of sparkling wine has pops of apple and pear with just a sweet hit of honey.
Burlwood Cellars Extra Dry Sparkling, $4.89, available at Aldi.
As we gear up for summer’s end, it’s time to get into the red wine swing of things — this under $4 bottle is packed with spicy blackberry, cherry, and oak notes for prime autumnal sipping.
Burlwood Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, $3.54, available at Aldi.
This California zin is light, crisp, and fruit forward with sweet hints of strawberries.
Bridge Road Vineyards White Zinfandel, $6.99, available at Aldi.
Lambrusco doesn’t come cheap — but this under $7 steal from Aldi is coming in hot with juicy notes of strawberries and cherries.
Ruzzare Lambrusco, $6.99, available at Aldi.
This Spanish sauvignon blanc (popping in right under five bucks) is chocked full of fruity melon flavor and crisp citrus, green apple, and grassy notes — ideal for sipping chilled with fresh seafood or salads during the sweltering summer season.
Flirty Bird Sauvignon Blanc, $4.49, available at Aldi.
This Australian chardonnay boasts a ripe tropical fruit flavor with a smooth and crisp finish.
Kooliburra Chardonnay, $4.62, available at Aldi.
This sweetly-branded bottle of white zinfandel boasts not only an affordable price point, but also light and fruity notes of watermelon, cranberries, strawberries, AND cherries.
Winking Owl White Zinfandel, $2.89, available at Aldi.
This French white from Aldi has tasting notes of crisp apple and a touch of tropical fruits — it also clocks in at just over a six-buck steal.
Exquisite Collection Clairette, $6.62, available at Aldi.
This $8 bottle of Aldi rosé boasts ripe fruit-forward notes of strawberries on top of a subtle hint of spice — it’s even been
awarded a silver medal at the International Wine Challenge.
Côtes de Provence Rosé, $8, available at Aldi.
You can’t beat a bottle of Aldi’s summer water for just under $5; crisp and berry-filled, this rosé pairs best with a fresh salad.
South Point Estate Rosé, $4.99, available at Aldi.
This affordable pinot boasts a fruity flavor profile of black cherries and plums with a hint of oaky tea leaves — serve it up with your summer salmon or sliders.
Tailside Pinot Noir, $6.99, available at Aldi.
Pair Stormchaser’s Silver Medalist red blend with meat, cheese, pasta, or pork — the bold flavor notes of berry and spice give a crisp yet smooth finish.
Stormchaser Red Blend, $7.99, available at Aldi.
A Silver Medalist and a “Best Buy,” this Cab Sauv has bursting hints of raspberries, blackberries, and plums mixed with a twinge of spice and tobacco — sip it with your summer steaks.
30 Miles Cabernet Sauvignon, $13.99, available at Aldi.
Whip up a seafood feast this weekend and serve a couple of iced bottles of Aldi’s crisp and fruity Costal Cove sauvignon.
Costal Cove Sauvignon Blanc, $6.99, available at Aldi.
This red blend buzzes with hints of blackberry, cherry, and a touch of spicy mocha finish.
Dancing Flame Red Blend 2016, $6.99, available at Aldi.
This Californian Pinot is the perfect spring steal — boasting strong citrus and stone fruit notes with a light touch of honeysuckle sweetness.
Winking Owl Pinot Grigio, $2.89, available at Aldi.
This all too affordable rustic red pairs perfectly with pasta dishes.
San Zenone Toscana Rosso, $5.99, available at Aldi.
Voted 2017 “Product of the Year” for wine by TNS, this pinot noir has lush notes of strawberries and raspberries — perfect for pairing with any cheesy pasta dish.
Broken Clouds Pinot Noir, available at Aldi.
A $5 Chianti?! It exists — and the full balance of earthy to fruity tones makes for an ideally dry yet fresh finish.
Benedetto Chianti, $5, available at Aldi.
Throw a seafood soirees with this silver medalist sauvignon blanc — balanced and crisp with a fruit forward finish.
Kelly’s Crossing Sauvignon Blanc, $9.99, available at Aldi.
Slide towards spring with this seasonal Italian Bianco from San Zenone — the fresh hints of melon, citrus, and pear will perfectly compliment the crisp salads to come.
San Zenone Bianco, $5.99, available at Aldi.
This full-bodied Chardonnay has hints of tropical fruit and comes highly recommended from the World Wine Championships — sip chilled with your favorite fish dish.
William Wright Chardonnay, $6.99, available at Aldi.
This Malbec is a smooth silver medalist from Mendoza — perfect for a rich steak or pasta dinner with spicy hints of black cherries and plums.
Los Andicos Malbec, $6.99, available at Aldi.
Awarded “Best Buy” by Wine Enthusiast in 2015, Aldi’s Broken Clouds Chardonnay comes highly recommended by
BTI. With rich notes of fruits and minerals, this bottle is an ideal accompaniment with meat or fish.
Broken Clouds Chardonnay, $8.99, available at Aldi.
A Silver Medalist at the 2016 World Value Wine Challenge, Sayanca’s Malbec is bursting with red fruit flavors and a touch of vanilla spice.
Sayanca Malbec, $4.99, available at Aldi.
All fruit and no oak, this fresh Riesling won the 2016 World Value Wine Challenge Silver Medal. Serve it with chicken or fish for a crisp finish.
Landshut Riesling, $4.99, available at Aldi.
Highly Recommended with an 88 point rating from
BTI and a silver medal from the 2015 World Wine Championships, Scarlet Path’s Lodi Zinfandel is bright and woody — pairing well with just about any dish.
Scarlet Path Lodi Zinfandel, $7.99, available at Aldi.
Sunshine Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc comes highly recommended from the World Wine Championships with a score of 87 points AND a Silver Medal. Serve this bottle chilled with your next charcuterie spread.
Sunshine Bay Sauvignon Blanc, $6.99, available at Aldi.
Another “Top 10 White Wine $10 and Under”, Tangled Vines offers pear, apple, and toasted vanilla notes with this Chardonnay. Recommended dish? Fettuccine Alfredo.
Tangled Vines Chardonnay, $6.99, available at Aldi.
Yet another World Wine Champion, Crystal Creek Cellars’ Chardonnay gives off a crisp and fruity finish — best served with
Ina Garten’s perfect roast chicken.
Crystal Creek Cellars Chardonnay, $7.99, available at Aldi.
Outlander’s 2013 vintage Meritage has been voted a “Best Buy” by Wine Enthusiast. Delicate, fruity, and spicy, this red pairs perfectly with the trifecta of pasta, meat, and cheese.
Outlander Meritage, $8.99, available at Aldi.
Highly recommended at 89 points, this Silver Medalist Pinot Grigio has delicate floral notes with light-to-medium body. Chill and pour out with a pan of seafood paella.
Essenza di Vita Pinot Grigio, $7.99, available at Aldi.
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